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Criticism from Xinjiang about strict Covid lockdowns

Regardless of the economic consequences, China’s authorities continue to pursue mass testing and lockdowns. Many residents were unable to visit their relatives and families over the holiday weekend for this year’s Lunar Festival. Last Thursday, the National Health Commission announced a series of measures on short notice that will be in effect until the end of October. These measures stipulate that people are to be tested regularly, regardless of the infection level, as reported by Bloomberg. During the upcoming national holiday in early October, the country normally goes into the so-called “Golden Week” with several days off. Because of the 20th Party Congress on October 16, Beijing recently tightened measures in the country once again. For example, travelers to and from Beijing are not allowed to enter or leave areas where an infection has been reported in the past seven days.

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